New Language Data Released from 2007 American Community Survey

The Census Bureau’s 2007 American Community Survey showed some interesting data about Native language use in the U.S. The report identifies Navajo has the most widely spoken Native language, with 170,717 speakers who use Navajo in the home. There are 200,560 speakers of other Native American languages who use their Native language in the home. 75.3% of Navajo speakers rated their English abilities at very well or better, while 2.9% were identified as having no English abilities at all. Of speakers of other Native American languages, 86.4% rated their English abilities at very well or better, and 0.4% were identified as having no English abilities at all.

The report also found that Farmington, NM had the greatest number of Navajo speakers, with 16.5% of the Navajo speaking population living there.

To download the report from the Census Bureau’s website, click here.

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